redheaded eskimo

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  1. Pacey Twh

    It can take awhile for the horse to get it. And you do want to eventually incorporate your dressage training into driving him forward. A lot of TWH people (I hang around a show crowd and it drives me nuts to see this) try to get the horse to gait from his mouth. They think if you spur the horse into the bit and it doesn't gait you switch bits. The horse should be able to work off of your legs...when it trusts you enough and when you trust the horse enough to loosen up. It was definitely a journey for me but it bonded me with my horse. Bending and flexing will also help the horse out quite a bit. Have fun with it. Any day on a horse is a good day...dog walking or not.
  2. Pacey Twh

    It's not easy to retrain a pacy horse to perform a running walk but it can be done. You have to start very slow at a dog walk. It can take many sessions to do this. I let my horse's neck relax. Don't worry about head set. Most TWH gait better with their heads at a lower more natural headset. Do lots of figure eights with the horse and circles both ways (patterns, etc). Doing them every day for long periods of time can make the horse sore so take it slow and vary the routine. Once the horse has a relaxed walk ask for a slow flat walk. The horse should remain relaxed and shake it's head while he is performing this gait. If the horse decides to pace subtly tighten one rain to let him know you don't approve of that gait. If he continues in the pace change things up quickly by doing a large circle or serpantines (sp?). Your main goal is to slow the horse down, drop it's head, get it to relax it's gait and loosen him up. This will allow him to be able to gait naturally. It does take a lot of time. My young horse was broke poorly by her previous owner in a 8 inch shank bit with her head up in the air. They wanted her to gait fast. She did a funny pace/rack when I got her. It took all summer in a snaffle bit and a lot of slow gating to retrain her body to relax and go back to really walking. Hopefully this helps some. I know it worked for me. The key is to not get frustrated and slow everything down. p.s.-the flat walk is a smooth four beat gait. the horse should shake it's head. the running walk is just a faster version of the flat walk.
  3. Photic Headshaking

    You may want to have him checked for ear mites. I had a OTTB that did the same thing when we first purchased him. He had all kinds of ear problems and once those were resolved (with the vets help) the shaking stopped.
  4. Photic Headshaking

    You may want to have him checked for ear mites. I had a OTTB that did the same thing when we first purchased him. He had all kinds of ear problems and once those were resolved (with the vets help) the shaking stopped.
  5. Um, I just saw where the ferrier said "ducktape a tennis ball to the bottom of the foot". I honestly don't know the reasoning for this but I would HIGHLY reccommend not doing that yourself. I have seen that technique used (not for foundering horses mind you) but for Tennessee Walking horses. Some trainers do this (the ones who need to be in prison) to make the soles of the horse exteremely sore so they step higher. I'm not saying this is going to happen just make sure you have complete understanding about what the farrier is doing before just trying it yourself. I am praying for you and your horse.
  6. Help! Advice needed

    I gave lessons on a horse that had the same issues several years back. It was also an "all of a sudden head tossing" event (in an extremely mild bit). We found no problems with her. We decided it was probably just a habit she had gotten into. I'm sure all the years as a lesson horse and the tugging of children in her mouth didn't help the issue. Another trainer rode her and would give here a little pop once the head tossing started. Nixed the problem quickly. I would obviously have the teeth done first however. My TWH looses his mind when his teeth are just a little bad also. Some horse just react more dramatically than others.
  7. I want your opinon on God

    Ok, the high five thing cracked me up.
  8. I want your opinon on God

    ROSY: Please don't be discouraged. Everthing done for Christ must be done out of love. I believe many people who go out and witness do so in an abrasive manor and end up ultimately turning people off. Witnessing should be done out of love and sincere concern for the persons soul. Thats all. It is also not up to us to save. God softens hearts, not us. When I come across someone who adamantly rejects Christ I pray for them...like it or not their getting prayed for. I have seen miracles come from silent/diligent prayer. I hope the project with your youth group goes well. I will be praying for them as well.
  9. I want your opinon on God

    I'm from the Raleigh area. I love it down here. We still live in the little piece of land that still exists here (with my 5 horses)! There are absolutes in the Bible. They are listed very clearly. It is also stated very clearly concerning ****. I don't like the idea of **** either but unfortunately it does exist. I would very strongly reccommend you check out "The Way of the Master". We studied this extensively in our small group at church. I go to a Bible believing church. We study what is IN the Bible. Check out this link. I hope it helps. I do understand people can taint the gospel with personal interpretations but the gospel still stands and is very clear. check this out. it may help:
  10. I want your opinon on God

    Hi, no I'm actually not from Alaska. I'm in North Carolina. It's nice to meet you though!
  11. I want your opinon on God

    Believing or not believing is a big deal. My answers may not suite you...doesn't mean I'm wrong. My belief in God is not based on "fear not too." But it isn't a bad reason. I am active in a church. We see everything from people who were churched their entire lives to those who were not, whent through terrible times, and have now found true joy in the belief that there is somone out there that is bigger than us. Thank God that there is someone bigger than us! If the planet is perfecting itself we wouldn't still be killing each other and dying from horrible diseases. I have had the science talk billions of times. I've heard it all. Evolution makes no sense. If people are born "good" and with a sense of morals we wouldn't have to teach our children to share, and be patient, and love one another, and don't hit, and don't steal......I could go on. I am a believer...I don't condemn. It isn't my job. Belief is a choice...choose wisely.
  12. I want your opinon on God

    This is how "a creator" was explained to me: We are told the universe was created by all the "right" elements in the unvirse comming together in the perfect way to begin life. Take a watch completely apart...hands, face, etc. Put it in a bag and shake it up....keep shaking...now shake it for the next ten thousand years. Open the bag. You have a fully functioning watch right? No. Shaking the bag does nothing. You have to have someone put the parts together. If this doesn't help try this one: 2 men standing on a RR track. One hears the train coming the other one doesn't. Guy 1 say "get off the track here comes the train." Guy 2 says "I don't hear the train nor believe that one exists therefore it isn't comming." Guy 2 is a gonner. He may not believe in the train but the train is on it's way nevertheless. **If I believe in God and I am wrong...no big deal. I die and it's over. If I don't believe in God and I die and I'm wrong....I'm screwed.**
  13. Sand Colic

    Hmm. I'd been thinking about feeding Sand Clear more often but I wasn't sure if it would hurt them or not. There aren't any overdose warnings on the label. I also like the idea of hay in big bins. They do get hay 2x a day but grain only in the evenings. They have access to lots of water with a mineral block right beside it to encourage drinking. Do they give any clues they may be having a problem before it becomes too serious to fix? Thanks so much for the replies!
  14. Sand Colic

    Hmm. I'd been thinking about feeding Sand Clear more often but I wasn't sure if it would hurt them or not. There aren't any overdose warnings on the label. I also like the idea of hay in big bins. They do get hay 2x a day but grain only in the evenings. They have access to lots of water with a mineral block right beside it to encourage drinking. Do they give any clues they may be having a problem before it becomes too serious to fix? Thanks so much for the replies!
  15. what kind of horse do you think she is?

    Not quite enough head shake for a TWH and build more like a Paso. I'm thinking a racking horse or Paso.